BANGALORE (METRO RAIL NEWS): Senior officials of the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation says that trial runs on the eagerly awaited Purple Line extension of the Bengaluru Metro from Baiyappanahalli to Whitefield will start in September.
Anjum Parvez, BMRCL managing director states that the trial on the Purple Line between Baiyappanahalli and KR Puram will start in September, with a goal of finishing the extension to Whitefield by December 2022.
“We intend to do the trial up to KR Puram in September, and then we’ll wait and see how long it takes. We want to be finished by December, but we’ll see,” Parvez remarked. There are two reaches on the more than 15 km-long Baiyappanahalli-Whitefield stretch: R1A, which runs from Baiyappanahalli to Seetharama Palya for 8.67 km, and R1B, which runs from Seetharama Palya to Whitefield for 7.14 km.
Benniganahalli will be the only stop in the September trials between Baiyappanahalli and K R Puram on the R1A section. However, the finished Baiyappanahalli-Whitefield stretched stoppage will be made at Mahadevapura, Garudacharpalya, Hoodi Junction, Seetharama Palya, Kundalahalli, Nallurhalli, Sri Sathya Sai Hospital, Pattandur Agrahara, Kadugodi, Channasandra, and Whitefield.
Thousands of commuters on the stretch who must spend more than two hours in traffic each day to reach Whitefield or drive into the city from Whitefield are expected to benefit from the extension of Baiyappanahalli to Whitefield.
While the Metro is being built, the BMRCL has urged the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to postpone building two of the seven flyovers for traffic on the Outer Ring Road. After the Metro project is finished, the metro rail corporation will jointly build flyovers at the Sarakki and Ittamadu junctions.
“We have granted approval for five flyovers at seven locations along the Outer Ring Road where the BBMP planned to construct them. We have made the decision to use combined flyovers in the remaining areas. The work is being delayed in Sarakki and Ittamadu, and it would be carried out in the same manner as the Ragigudda-Jayadeva stretch,” BMRCL MD stated.